Poetry – Looking Out the Window From My Recliner (A Cento)

Summer brings out the girls in their green dresses;
Sleep, boredom, gossip, cruelty
imaginary feuds and small resentments.
On the back porch, drinking jet fuel
from a pot of wine among the flowers.

Turn the Page, Turn the Page.

My notebook has remained blank for months.
Friends disappear
off the face of the earth.
If you do not drink the wine, 
then where are the men of yesteryear?

- Katrina A. Brown

Coda

No.LineTitleAuthor&Source
1Summer brings out the girls in their green dresses  Summer 1967James K. Baxter, Selected Poems. Copyright © 2010 by The James K. Baxter Trust. 
2Sleep, boredom, gossip, cruelty Imaginary feuds and small resentments  Waste My LifeHera Lindsay Bird https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/waste-my-life/
3On the back porch, drinking jet fuel  JetTony Hoagland, Donkey Gospel. Copyright © 1998
4From a pot of wine among the flowers.  Drinking Alone With the MoonLi Bai (Bo), Witter Bynner’s translation.
5Turn the Page, Turn the Page.  The Happy PrinceJanet Frame, The Goose Bath Poems, Random House, 2006
6My notebook has remained blank for months.  Missed TimeHa Jin, Poetry, 2006
7Friends disappear off the face of the earth.  Lines for a New YearSam Hunt,  Knucklebones: Poems 1962-2012 (Craig Potton 2012)
8If you do not drink the wine, Then where are the men of yesteryear?  Facing WineLi Bai (Bo) Translation by Paula M. Varsano, Tracking the Banished Immortal: The Poetry of Li Bo and Its Critical Reception,University of Hawaii Press,Honolulu, 2003. p.283.

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